Jessica Alba reveals crush on bisexual ballerina was factor in her leaving church
Jessica Alba has just returned to the big screen as tortured stripper Nancy in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For and, boy, is she happy to be back in the role.
She tells the Daily Beast that Sin City is "hands-down my favourite movie I've ever been in".
"If I wasn't in that movie I would've wanted to be in that movie," she says.
And what especially delights her is that there are more and more "kickass" women appearing on the big screen, in movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent.
"People have more choice today, and marketing people are seeing that women have the power of the household income, really," she says.
"There are more young, professional women than ever who have disposable income and also 70 percent of the household income is being controlled by the woman, so to make movies and TV shows that don't appeal to women is silly.
"And women want to see powerful women—we don't want to see weak, meek women going through the motions."
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Life is looking pretty good for the 33-year-old. She started her own successful business a few years back, The Honest Company, specialising in toxin-free products, and she is happily married to Cash Warren, with whom she has two daughters, Honor and Haven.
While the Sin City star is brimming with positivity about her work, she has some not so positive comments to make about her experience of church as a teenager.
In the Daily Beast interview, she goes on to share about how her born-again Christian friends "didn't approve" of a role she accepted in TV show Chicago Hope playing a teen with an STD. And while she was in a born-again Christian youth group at the time, she describes her church experience as "very twisted".
She then goes on to describe how she was bowled over by a bisexual man and couldn't reconcile the church's attitude to sexuality with how "amazing" a person he was.
"I fell in love when I was 16 and had this major crush on... I guess he was a drag queen? He was bisexual and a ballerina, and this was while I was at the Atlantic Theater Company in Vermont," she recalls.
"We used to go to this gay club and I'd dance with him all night, four nights a week. I was so in love with him and thought, 'There's no way this guy's going to hell,' because in my church, it was, 'Anybody who's gay is going to hell' and 'Premarital sex is evil,' and I thought, 'There's no chance! This guy is amazing!' So that went right out the window."